Active Release Technique

What is Active Release Technique (ART)

Active Release Technique was started over 30 years ago by P. Micheal Leahy, a certified chiropractor, while working with pro athletes from a desire to get them back to peak performance as soon as possible. While studying the athletes movements he realized that with his knowledge of engineering and chiropractic he could develop a technique that enabled him to help them recover from inquires quicker and perform better.

This technique works by manipulating soft tissue, thereby reducing stress placed on joints and nerves. It prevents and breaks up dense scar tissue to restore normal range of motion to joints.

Active Release Technique Benefits

  1. Increases Flexibility – helps to relax muscles naturally and reduce scar tissue around muscles and joints.
  2. Improves Range of Motion following Injuries – helps improve range of motion and ability in those with musculoskeletal disorders or following injuries and episodes of chronic pain.
  3. Reduces Chronic Lower Back Pain –  helps break up scar tissue and release compressed nerves in the upper legs and butt, the common issue of lower back pain.
  4. Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – increases hand mobility and reduces inflammation pain due to nerve compression.
  5. Helps Prevent Running Injuries and Improve Performance – promotes faster muscle recovery and improve running athletic performance by helping restore normal muscle and connective tissue function, keeping the body flexible and reducing scar tissue.

Active Release Technique - What to Expect

Active Release Technique can be painful due to the need to release tense muscles, which means it may not be for everyone. Many people experience positive results after their first ART treatment, but it may take several treatments for others to see results. Soreness and mild pain after treatments is normal; you can use ice or an anti-inflammatory if needed after the treatment.

ART takes specialized training in order to do it properly without injury. Sheila McGreal and Caryn Howell, LMT are both full body certified in Active Release Technique and keep up their certification on an annual basis.”

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